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New York, NY (July 21, 2009) – The CRY HAVOC Company announced today that the play realer than that, written by Artistic Director Kitt Lavoie, won the 34th annual Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival, which concluded July 19 in Manhattan. The play, developed in The CRY HAVOC Workshop, was selected from out of more than 700 submissions from around the world. A panel of judges, including playwrights, directors and literary agents, selected the six winning one-act plays that will be published and licensed by Samuel French, Inc.

“We are extremely proud of Kitt’s achievement, and gratified by the recognition by this esteemed panel of judges,” said Timothy Davis, Associate Artistic Director of The CRY HAVOC Company. “We are pleased as a Company to have used our rigorous development process to produce a play which is worthy of publication by one of the world’s leading dramatic publishers.”

The play was one of the 40 plays selected to come to New York to compete in the festival, and was produced by The CRY HAVOC Company, directed by Lavoie, associate directed by CRY HAVOC Resident Company member Jenny Kirlin, and featuring Associate Artists Josh Bywater and Aubyn Philabaum.

Judges for the festival, which began July 14 at the Peter Jay Sharpe Theatre, included playwrights Charles Busch (The Tale of the Allergists Wife, Die Mommie Die), Arthur Kopit (Nine, Wings), Leslie Lee (First Breeze of Summer, Black Eagles), Jordan Harrison (Doris to Darlene, Amazons and Their Men) and Billy Van Zandt (Love, Sex and the I.R.S., The Property Known as Garland).

Adjudicating directors were Jan Buttram (Abingdon Theatre Company), Evans Haile (The Cape Playhouse), Julia Hansen (Aspen’s Theater Masters), William Hayes (Palm Beach Dramaworks), Jeffrey Rosenstock (Queens Theatre in the Park) and Jim Simpson (The Flea Theater).

Literary agents on the panel were Mark Subias (Subias), Elaine Devlin (Elaine Devlin Literary, Inc.), Derek Zasky (William Morris Endeavor), Ron Gwiazda (Abrams Artists Agency) and Jessica Sarbo (The Gersh Agency).

About The CRY HAVOC Company
The CRY HAVOC Company, Inc. is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit theater company committed to developing new play and reinvestigating existing plays in an environment that demands that artists challenge the boundaries of their talent and technique. CRY HAVOC is committed to creating raw, provocative, and humane theater by approaching all plays – both comedy and drama – as conflicts between individuals struggling to do what each desperately believes is right. The CRY HAVOC artistic community is comprised of more than 150 artists, and since its founding in 1997, the Company has developed more than 70 new plays and scores of new approaches to existing plays through its active Workshop and Lab programs. More information at